Last year, Texas Thespians graciously worked toward bettering our world both locally and nationally during state festival held in Dallas. The State Thespian Officers invited participation by all members in two different events during the three-day festival so that students could not only be part of the festival, but once again demonstrate how students care and share.
The first level of sharing was the “Two Can” Dance on Thursday Night. Festival attendees brought in monetary donations and canned goods as entrance fees so that they could enjoy the fun with over 6,000 Thespians, all while benefiting the Resource Center of Dallas.
The Resource Center of Dallas is a non-profit organization that focuses on health, cultural competency training, HIV & STD testing services, mental health services, and more. Our students donated over $600 and a truckload of food.
Additionally, students focused on Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Students receive Broadway Memorabilia from EDTA, which is offered at a Silent Auction during Festival. At the conclusion of the auction, we send our donation amount back to BC/EFA to benefit their work with numerous artists.
“A Minute to Give it” is our monetary challenge to ensure that students involved in the International Thespian Festival are able to attend festival. With this challenge, our national organization provides grants to help troupes reach their goal of attending International festival for the first time. Last year, Texas Thespians donated over $6000 towards "Send a Troupe"!
Our State Thespian Officers lead by example and are the driving force behind student giving at the state level!
The Send a Troupe to Texas Thespian State Festival grant covers up to $3000 for basic registration expenses for Texas Troupes which have never been to the Texas State Festival and who can demonstrate financial barriers to attending. Be a part of this new initiative along and donate along with other generous Texas Thespians during our All Convention Events' "Minute to Give it!".
“Because hunger is a very scary thing.”
Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat is the International Thespian Society’s annual nationwide community service initiative. Many thanks to all who participated in this year’s Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat campaign. Together, 269 troupes collected and distributed over 325,000 pounds of food for their neighbors in need. We are pleased to announce this year’s award winners. Active troupes whose TOTS-EAT registration and donation verification forms were received by the deadline were considered for awards. Click here for more information on the TOTS-EAT Community Service Awards Program
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
The International Thespian Society has raised more than $1 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Texas Thespians supports this initiative with a Silent Auction each year at Festival. Auction items include signed posters and programs from current Broadway productions.
The Send a Troupe to International Thespian Festival grant covers all travel and basic registration expenses for up to three deserving Thespian troupes who have never been to the International Thespian Festival and can demonstrate financial barriers to attending. Texas Thespians generously donate during our All Convention Events' "Minute to Give it!"
To donate to this grant, or to honor your favorite Thespian or Troupe Director, send a check to:
2343 Auburn Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45219